Silviniaco Conti goes for Bowl
Silviniaco Conti will try to improve on his Cheltenham Gold Cup fourth in next week's Betfred Bowl at Aintree.
Paul Nicholls' charge was beaten just a length and three-quarters at Prestbury Park and the Ditcheat trainer has admitted he is unsure whether Silviniaco Conti was caught out by the Cheltenham hill that day.
However, the eight-year-old is reported to have come out of that race in good form and will now tackle the Betfred Bowl, in which he finished third last year, on the first day of the Grand National meeting on Thursday week.
Nicholls told Betfair: "He's come out of the Cheltenham race really, really well - he's surprised us really.
"We don't quite know in that race if he didn't stay up the Cheltenham hill. What happened I don't know, but he was beaten less than two lengths and ran a solid race, so we've decided as he's so well, we will let him take his chance in the Betfred Bowl.
"Last season he'd had a run before Cheltenham, this year he hasn't. It's only one run since Christmas, hence he's a relatively fresh horse and Aintree being a flat track over three miles and one furlong suits him very well while you could argue three (miles and) two (furlongs) at Cheltenham with the hill didn't possibly suit him.
"He's in good shape and schooled well this morning with Harry (Derham) so we're looking to run him in the Betfred Bowl."